Jennifer Hudson Talks Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute

Posted Wednesday June 13, 2012 11:32 AM GMT

It was a whirlwind of emotions and preparation as Jennifer Hudson was invited to sing “I Will Always Love You” at the 2012 Grammys following the sudden death of Whitney Houston.

And the “American Idol” alum is featured in the new documentary titled “A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On,” talking about the moments that led up to her triumphant performance.

Hudson explained, “We rehearsed the song one time. And then the second time around, Ken (Grammy Show Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich) came over and said, 'It's not a performance. You're singing to Whitney.' And I knew exactly what he meant. So the second time around singing it, I could not get through the song."

Ehrlich added that they wanted to make sure the show "didn't lose the fact that there were thousands of people who were coming to this event because they had done something remarkable this year on their own, and they needed to be treated with respect as well."